Laura Macky Photography

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One Photo Focus – June

It’s One Photo Focus time!  I rather enjoy this challenge of taking someone’s photo and editing it into our own creation.  Thank you David Croker for providing this week’s original photo.  Please check out David’s blog when you have time.  And as always, thank you Stacy for coordinating this challenge!  Please check out the entire the entire challenge with everyone’s edits on Stacy’s blog by clicking here.

I’ve been seeing a lot of images where almost the entire image is dark except for a few areas like a snow capped mountain or an ocean wave illuminated in the night.  I thought I’d try it out with this image although I couldn’t quite push myself to the extreme but this may be a decent first try.  

The Process:

1.  Imported image to LR and made basic adjustments like clarity, curves, highlights and shadows along with some pre-sharpening.

2.  Opened in Photoshop and duplicated layer.

3.  Used Topaz Denoise lightly.

4.  Used a dark Old Painting texture (JD Beautiful World Textures by Jessica Drossin) and used a layer mask to hide the line of ships.

5.  Applied unsharp mask to sharpen the boats only.

6.  I didn’t feel the boats had enough structure, so I added a layer from Topaz Glow called Black Sketch Overlay at a reduced opacity and applied it to the line of boats only.

7.  Used Nik Color Efex to add a Dynamic Contrast and Skylight filter at reduced opacities.

8.  Added a curve to lighten things up a bit.

Hope you enjoy it!


One Photo Focus - June - Edited by Laura Macky

One Photo Focus – June – Edited by Laura Macky


Original by David Croker





One Photo Focus – July REPOSTED

I inadvertently posted this a few days ago so I rescheduled it to post today which is the day it should’ve posted.  Sorry if a lot of you have already seen it!!

It’s that time again….One Photo Focus is here!  Every month Stacy gives us a photo and we edit it to come up with our own take.  Below you’ll find my image as well as the original which was provided by Robin Kent, so thanks Robin to a really fun image this month!  And if you have time, check out Stacy’s blog to see everyone’s submissions.  Quite fun to see what everyone comes up with.  

I wonder if my recent viewing of Jurassic World had anything to do with my edit lol.

Basic Process:

1.  Inserted two dinosuars…of the walking and flying sort.

2.  Isolated white house and reduced the brightness of it so the image felt more balanced.

3. Colorized and added texture to image via Nik Analog filter.

4.  Colorized the eye and tongue of the tyrannosaurus rex.

5.  RAWR!

One Photo Focus - July

One Photo Focus – July

Robin Kent One Photo Focus July

Original by Robin Kent

Thank you one again Stacy for coordinating this fun challenge.


One Photo Focus – June

It’s that time again….One Photo Focus is here!  Thanks to Stacy for providing us a fun image!  Please check out her blog when you have a chance.  You’ll find some beautiful photos there!

Basic Process:

There are a lot of Victorian houses in the Bay Area, and I’m not sure why but I always think of something foreboding or scary when I think of them.  That’s what I thought of when I looked at this image so I went with it.

1.  If you look at the original, you’ll see the right-hand side of the house tilted in, so I fixed that by adjusting the vertical perspective.  When you do that, it usually means that the bottom of the photo gets smaller than the canvas so instead of cloning to fill in that blank area, which takes more time, I used the transform tool and just expanded the image to fill up the space.

2.  Next I fixed the contrast and parts of the image I’d like darker or lighter.  This was five layers isolating different things like the post, the fence, the upper right-hand part of the house plus a couple windows.

3.  For the look and feel, I then applied a Nik Analog filter to give me the basic colorization and texture with a bit of grain, dirt and dust.  Nothing like a bit of dirt and dust to make an image!  Reminds me of my regular photos when I haven’t cleaned my sensor.  🙂

4.  Instead of modifying the sky, I deleted it and created my own on a blank layer.  I used the eyedropper to sample the light and darks of the image after the Analog filter application and then used a couple of handy dandy brushes, namely lightening bolt and cloud brushes which I had already in my arsenal.

5.  Lastly, I added a vignette in Nik Color Efex.

Thank you one again Stacy for coordinating this challenge and for your image this month.  I always look forward to this fun challenge.  Please check out the entire ABFriday Challenge and also Stacy’s Post too!

Laura Macky 'One Photo Focus' Edit

Laura Macky ‘One Photo Focus’ Edit

Stacy Fischer's Original

Stacy Fischer’s Original